The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital: Designed by Children, for Children

This morning [02 December 2016], was the official opening of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

This state-of-the-art hospital is located in Parktown, in the City of Joburg. The first patients will be accepted in 2017. This colourful hospital has 200 beds, 10 theatres, 7 dialysis machines and 7 imaging units. The beds were designed by a University of Johanbesburg student. The walls of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital are decorated with wallpaper designed by children. Each hospital ward has its own unique design.

This world class hospital with state-of-the-art equipment will offer specialised paediatric care on a referral basis, including cardiology, oncology and paediatric surgery. It will also offer training to specialists. Some of the services offered are also not available in the private sector.

$800 million was raised to fund construction and equipment for the hospital. Donors include the South African Department of Health, big donors from all over the world, and school children who donated from their piggy banks. The hospital is not free, but no child will be turned away due to their inability to pay.

Listen, I am a grown woman, but I wouldn’t mind being referred to this beautiful and colourful hospital if I got sick. Normal hospitals depress me. 😦

“The glass ceiling we set for poor people must be broken, just by giving basic healthcare. And this is the evidence.” -Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Pictures courtesy of Leanne Manas and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital


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